While the remarkable turnaround in New Orleans was accelerated – and perhaps even made possible – by the very storm that nearly destroyed the city, it still has education experts looking for lessons that might be applied elsewhere. This paper looks at the public school reform efforts of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and its impact on student achievement. It also offers recommendations on how urban public schools in Massachusetts, which historically underperforms the commonwealth’s suburban school districts, could benefit from New Orleans’ experience.
About Neerav Kingsland
Neerav Kingsland manages the organization toward achieving its goals in the areas of citywide strategic leadership, school development, and human capital. Throughout his tenure, Neerav has helped manage several of NSNO’s more complex projects, including: launching and supporting charter schools; managing partnerships with national human capital providers such as The New Teacher Project, New Leaders for New Schools, and Teach For America; and supporting both the state and the district in major policy initiatives, including Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants. Additionally, Neerav was the lead author of NSNO’s $33.6 million i3 award which sets forth a plan to transform the bottom 25% of New Orleans schools through the opening of high-performing charter schools. He has appeared throughout the country to detail the impact of New Orleans reforms and frequently writes on education policy in multiple national blogs, and is a current participant in the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. Neerav has worked at NSNO since its inception and is a graduate of Tulane University and Yale Law School.